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AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
29th February 2016

For RECORD STORE DAY 2016 - which takes place on Saturday 16th April - one of the named releases on the leaked list is DAVID BOWIE - I DIG EVERYTHING: The Pye Years 1966 [Vinyl LP] (Exclusive 50th Anniversary Release, indie-retail exclusive). Expect at least one other to be announced...

Scheduled for release on 8th April is DAVID BOWIE & STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN - 'SPACE ODDITY' audio CD taken from FM Broadcast WMFM 1983 via Laser Media. Why on earth it's called this I've no idea. Stranger still is the description... 'From the rare Dallas Moonlight sessions. Recorded in 1983 for WMFM'. I've never heard of the Serious Moonlight rehearsals being broadcast on FM - [More details]...

The forthcoming release DAVID BOWIE ON REFLECTION Hardback Book plus 2 DVD Set via Encore was scheduled for release today. The date has now been revised to Monday 14th March - [More details]...

Other revised release date is for BOWIE: THE MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD DVD via Screenbound Pictures. Originally scheduled for 7th March, now is now Monday 11th April - [More details]...

Scheduled for release in June is BOWIE - A REALITY TOUR Limited Edition 3-LP Box Set pressed on 180gm audiophile. Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music and Capitol Mastering, this limited edition release will be housed in a very handsome sturdy box, with two first-time poster inserts featuring the wonderful 12x12 inch front cover image as well as a 12x24 inch double-sided poster featuring unique live performance shots. For a very limited time, each LP will be pressed by R.T.I. on translucent blue vinyl, with custom LP labels...

Industry publication MUSIC WEEK caught up with BPI chairman GED DOHERTY and BPI/BRIT Awards chief executive GEOFF TAYLOR the day after the 2016 BRIT AWARDS last week to find out how they felt the show went...

MW: "How do you feel the DAVID BOWIE tribute went and were you concerned about how it would be received?"

GT: "It was extremely important to us that we find a way of honouring David Bowie's legacy in a way that was fitting. He is so important to all of us in music and we very much wanted to do it in a way that was appropriate. If people feel that the tribute was those things then we're delighted and to see that Duncan Jones tweet it out that he thought it was beautiful makes us very happy because it was very important to us to get it right.

"We were in close touch with the estate and the family and obviously his band. We tried to work with people who could advise us on what they felt was appropriate and what he would have wanted. Obviously having Gary Oldman there and having Annie Lennox was wonderful and I think it was very powerful. I think that the performance by Lorde in its kind of understated, but with quirky creativity was very appropriate. Hopefully it struck the right note for people, but we tried very hard to do that." - [Read here]...


THE MAN WHO RULED THE WORLD
29th February 2016

David Bowie, 'The Finger', NYC 1996 by Albert Watson The Four Bowie's 1995 by Rankin Currently showing in Paris, France is the DAVID BOWIE, The Man Who Ruled The World - The Eye of Photography Group Photographic Exhibition, which runs until 9th May.

The group of photographers featured include: Steve Schapiro, Lynn Goldsmith, Ron Galella, Gavin Evans, Greg Gorman, Albert Watson, Claude Gassian, Frank Ockenfels III, Mark Seliger, Rankin, Herb Ritts, Markus Klinko, Terry O'Neill and Peter Strongwater.

Gallery Director ARNAUD ADIDA said: "I've been a big fan of Bowie since my childhood. After the news of his death a month ago, I was deeply saddened and aware that a real creative genius was lost. I realised that a number of the gallery's photographers had photographed him in the past: Seliger, Rankin, Galella, Schapiro, Watson, Gassian... so, I decided to put on a show, asking them for their best prints."

Venue: A.galerie
Address: 4 rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris, France.
Website: a-galerie.fr
Date: February 18th to May 9th.
Opening: Monday-Friday: 10am - 1pm / 3pm - 7pm. Saturday: 12am - 7pm. Closed Sundays.

You can view some of the photographs in show via the a-galerie.fr and loeildelaphotographie.com websites.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
27th February 2016

Published in MODERN DRUMMER is an interview with MARK GUILIANA talking about working on DAVID BOWIE's ★ album - [Read here]...

Check out all the latest official worldwide chart positions for DAVID BOWIE's ★ album - [View here]...

7th edition due... NICHOLAS PEGG is "Thrilled to say I'm working on a fully updated edition of THE COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE. Out later this year via Titan Books"...


NO WORDS... JUST WATCH
27th February 2016



NOW I'M OLDER THAN MOVIES
27th February 2016

The Man Who Fell to Earth at New Beverly, LA Showing next month are some special screenings of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH movie starring DAVID BOWIE in Los Angeles.

There are THREE Saturday midnight showings at the NEW BEVERLY CINEMA located at 7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, US.

Saturday, 5th March: The Man Who Fell to Earth (35mm full directors cut - 139 minutes).
Saturday, 12th March: The Man Who Fell to Earth (35mm Original US release - 119 minutes).
Saturday, 26th March: The Man Who Fell to Earth (35mm full directors cut 139 minutes).

All showings are on Saturdays at midnight, with the ticket price only $8.

Full details and ticket purchasing are available at thenewbev.com website.


DAVID BOWIE CELEBRATION IN STROUD
27th February 2016

David Bowie Celebration in Stroud Taking place on Wednesday 16th March - part of the STROUD FILM FESTIVAL - is the DAVID BOWIE CELEBRATION.

This FREE event will be held at The Prince Albert, Rodborough Hill, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England starts at 7.00pm.

7.30pm: The audience are invited to perform prose, poetry and acoustic song from Bowie's work or their own.
8.45pm: Film screening of D.A Pennebaker's 'Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars' concert from Hammersmith 1973 (90 mins).

55 seats are available, more details available via stroudfilmfestival.org website.


'NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PHOTOS OF DAVID BOWIE' OPENS TODAY
26th February 2016

The Cross by Markus Klinko Now open to the public is the 'NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PHOTOS OF DAVID BOWIE' exhibition by MARKUS KLINKO at MARKOWICZ FINE ART in Miami, Florida, USA.

The fashion photographer worked with David's wife, supermodel IMAN, and that was how the two met. They formed a friendship. Klinko was shooting the cover for Iman's book 'I Am Iman', and Bowie tagged along to the photo shoot in 2001. As Bowie watched Klinko edit the images for the book cover, he casually mentioned he was working on a new album and that he might want Klinko to shoot its cover. "I was like, 'Wow, that's really cool,' but many people say things in my business, and I really didn't get my hopes up too much."

Klinko's studio was located less than a mile from the World Trade Center in New York, and after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, the proposed photo session slipped far from his mind. Three weeks later, Bowie called him and invited him to his recording studio.

Longtime Miami-based gallerist Bernard Markowicz and Klinko came up with the idea for the exhibition 'Never-Before-Seen Photos of David Bowie.' The proceeds will go to Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.

"We're gonna have a big auction to benefit them. We believe the right way to present this exhibition is by actually doing good with it," Klinko says. "There's an opportunity here to not just look at Bowie images but also participate in a benefit for cancer research."

The event in Miami is also special because it marks the first time some of these images will be displayed for the public. Markowicz also notes it will include one-of-a-kind Polaroids from the set. The exhibition will then head out on a global tour.

"The images are going to be revealed only once because they are previously unseen images," Klinko says. "They've never been used. No one has seen them until now."

You can read the whole article by Hans Morgenstern via the miaminewtimes.com website.

Venue: The Markowicz Fine Art Gallery.
Address: 110 NE 40th Street, Miami Fl 33137, USA.

For more details and information, please visit the markowiczfineart.com website.


'UNBOUND' EPISODE 1 ONLINE
26th February 2016

The first UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries is now available to view online.

This first in a series of sixteen episodes, (each one limited to 15 seconds) are available at instagram.com/instaminiseries.

New episodes will debut at 8PM EST each subsequent Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

With his enduring legacy as a savvy observer and pioneering user of emerging technology and media, Bowie saw in InstaMiniSeries an exciting new platform to explore interpretation of and storytelling within his music. Stopping short of an artistic collaboration, Bowie instead opened the doors last fall to the InstaMiniSeries creative team, Carolynn Cecilia and Nikki Borges, and provided them advance, unmediated access to the music and images from ★ thus allowing them to create their own visual interpretations of the songs, with no limits or preconditions on his part.

Completed in December 2015 and spanning 16 episodes, UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries takes its audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album's music, lyrics and artwork. The series is propelled by a focus on this visual interpretation of the ★ album as opposed to a literal, linear narrative. Each episode of the series, designed with a global audience in mind, is sure to capture the imaginations of all who experience it and will undoubtedly lead to endless speculation and discussion of meaning, metaphor and intention.

Check out an interesting article on the Speakeasy blog (via The Wall Street Journal) entitled: Inside David Bowie's 'Blackstar' Instagram Series 'Unbound' - it gives the low-down on how all this came about.


'MICK ROCK: STARMAN REMEMBERED' IN LA
26th February 2016

Mick Rock in LA Open to the general public from today (26th) is the brand new exhibition MICK ROCK: STARMAN REMEMBERED featuring DAVID BOWIE photographs by the legendary Mick Rock.

The six-week exhibition venue is located at: Taschen Gallery, 8070 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, US.

Open Monday to Sunday (closed Mondays).


To be published on 10th April is THE RISE OF DAVID BOWIE, 1972-1973 by MICK ROCK as a 'Standard Taschen Edition'.

You've all seen the deluxe and collectors' editions of this amazing book, and probably like me salivated over it, whilst counting up your pennies.

The good news is this standard edition is CURRENTLY priced at only £32.49 GBP

Hardcover: 310 pages / Published by Taschen GmbH / Standard Edition / Language: English.



The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock    The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock    The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock

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Synopsis: Rebel. Rebel - The eye of the Bowie storm

The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock In 1972, David Bowie released his groundbreaking album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. With it landed Bowie's Stardust alter-ego: A glitter-clad, mascara-eyed, sexually-ambiguous persona who kicked down the boundaries between male and female, straight and gay, fact and fiction into one shifting and sparkling phenomenon of 70s self-expression. Together, Ziggy the album and Ziggy the stage spectacular propelled the softly spoken Londoner into one of the world s biggest stars.

A key passenger on this glam trip into the stratosphere was fellow Londoner and photographer Mick Rock. Rock bonded with Bowie artistically and personally, immersed himself in the singer s inner circle, and, between 1972 1973, worked as Bowie's official photographer. This book brings together the best of Rock's Bowie portfolio with spectacular stage shots as well as intimate backstage portraits.

With a lenticular cover of different head-shots, the book stands to celebrate Bowie's fearless experimentation and reinvention. Inside, pictures for press, album jackets, and stills from promo movies sit alongside around 50 percent previously unpublished images, offering privileged access to the many facets of the Bowie's personality and fame. Through the aloof and approachable, the playful and serious, the candid and the contrived, this is a passionate tribute to an oustanding artist, unique creative vision, and eternal inspiration.

Photographs by Mick Rock, authors Barney Hoskyns and Michael Bracewell, editor Reuel Golden.

This STANDARD edition of The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock is available to order NOW!

Pre-order now and SAVE 35%! - £32.99 (RRP: £49.99) - you save a massive £17.50 (35%).


DAY AFTER DAY...
26th February 2016

Happy Birthday wishes to GERRY LEONARD - read Gerry's latest blog talking about the DAVID BOWIE musical tribute at the BRITs...

On this day, TODAY, I'm giving a big shout out to Croatia and Portugal, the only two countries where DAVID BOWIE's ★ album has remained static in the #1 position in their official album charts. See all countries placements - [View here]...

On this day, 3 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' single in 2013 - [View video]...

On this day, 43 years ago, DAVID BOWIE, MICK RONSON and WOODY WOODMANSEY visited The Memphis Academy of Art in 1973. David was presented with a painting entitled: 'Paper Airplane Having Just Spotted A Fallen Comrade' by tutor/artist Dolph Smith - [More details]...


SIX DAVID BOWIE VINYL ALBUM REISSUED
26th February 2016

Released today are SIX DAVID BOWIE albums vinyl editions, all in heavyweight 180g vinyl.


David Bowie vinyl reissueThe Man Who Sold The World vinyl reissueHunky Dory vinyl reissue
Ziggy Stardust vinyl reissueAladdin Sane vinyl reissuePinups vinyl reissue


David Bowie / The Man Who Sold The World / Hunky Dory / The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars / Aladdin Sane / Pinups all can be purchased NOW.



BOWIE AT THE BEEB VINYL BOX SET
26th February 2016

David Bowie at the Beeb VinylDavid Bowie at the Beeb Vinyl Box Set Released today is the DAVID BOWIE AT THE BEEB Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Box Set.

This stunning box set contains thirty-nine tracks on FOUR vinyl discs contained in a lift-off lid box and features a full colour twenty-page booklet.

This vinyl version features 'Oh! You Pretty Things', broadcast in September 1971, which was previously exclusive to the Japanese CD release in 2000.

Completely exclusive to this collection is the once lost 'The Supermen' from the Sounds Of The 70s: Andy Ferris session, recorded in March 1970. Performed by The Hype, this recording was only rediscovered during the research for the original CD set and remained unreleased until now.

The full tracklisting runs as follows:

Record 1 / Side: A
1. In The Heat Of The Morning (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
2. London Bye, Ta-Ta (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
3. Karma Man (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
4. Silly Boy Blue (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra.
5. Let Me Sleep Beside You (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Junior's Eyes.
6. Janine (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Junior's Eyes.

Record 1 / Side: B
1. Amsterdam (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
2. God Knows I'm Good (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
3. The Width Of A Circle (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
4. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.

Record 2 / Side: A
1. Cygnet Committee (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
2. Memory Of A Free Festival (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio.
3. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Hype.
4. The Supermen (2016 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Hype.

Record 2 / Side: B
1. Bombers (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
2. Looking For A Friend (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
3. Almost Grown (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
4. Kooks (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.
5. It Ain't Easy (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & Friends.

Record 3 / Side: A
1. The Supermen [2000 Remastered Version] - David Bowie (with Mick Ronson) .
2. Oh! You Pretty Things [2000 Remastered Version] - David Bowie (with Mick Ronson) .
3. Eight Line Poem (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie (with Mick Ronson) .
4. Hang On To Yourself (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
5. Ziggy Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
6. Queen Bitch (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

Record 3 / Side: B
1. Waiting For The Man (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
2. Five Years (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
3. White Light/White Heat (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
4. Moonage Daydream (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

Record 4 / Side: A
1. Hang On To Yourself (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
2. Suffragette City (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
3. Ziggy Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
4. Starman (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
5. Space Oddity (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

Record 4 / Side: B
1. Changes (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
2. Oh! You Pretty Things (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
3. Andy Warhol (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
4. Lady Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.
5. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (2000 Remastered Version) - David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.

You can purchase David Bowie at the Beeb Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Box Set NOW.


DAVID BOWIE'S BAND HONOUR DAVID AT THE BRITS
25th February 2016

After last night's moving and heartfelt tribute to DAVID BOWIE at the BRIT AWARDS 2016 in London, the musicians reflect on the evening...

GERRY LEONARD: "It's been a crazy few weeks here. I got a call to ask to put the Bowie band back together for a tribute to David at the 2016 Brit Awards. Everyone from the band came together in London from the four corners of the earth to play and celebrate our dear friend. We were able to get Lorde to sing for us and perform 'Life On Mars?'"

MIKE GARSON: "The experience of playing again at the Brits after eleven years with my old bandmates Sterling, Cat, Gerry, Gail and Earl was surreal. Everyone there but David. We wouldn't have been able to perform if hadn't had all of our full focus on that performance. We held back so many tears. To honor David with Lorde's performance and the band's arrangement was so gratifying. I hope it was cathartic for the whole planet. As a band, we practiced for at least 100 hours for that six minute performance. We only wanted to do justice to David. I hope we did."

EARL SLICK: "We thank Lorde for her beautiful, heart felt performance. We also thank her for doing right by the boss, he would be as we were very touched and honored to share the stage with her. Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard (Spooky Ghost), Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Catherine Russell... not to forget the the heart felt words from Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman.".

GAIL ANN DORSEY: "Beautiful and meaningful words spoken by Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman, two tremendous artists and dear friends of our beloved David Bowie... Performing tonight for the last time with my wonderful Bowie band mates, whom I love and respect so deeply, was one of the most difficult performances of my life... but the power of music continues to give me the strength to weather my profound sadness, the courage to navigate my darkest moments, and a reason to remain passionately and truly alive..."

CATHERINE RUSSELL: "Thank You Brit Awards 2016 for a moving David Bowie Tribute! Honored to participate along with DB band mates."

LORDE: "Such an honour getting to perform BRITs 2016 paying tribute to my hero... I was so nervous in the wings, and then I whispered to myself 'just sing it to David', and nothing else mattered... Also, performing with Bowie's brilliant touring band - including the inimitable Mike Garson who played DB's keys since the 70s! - was unreal."




DAVID BOWIE EXPO IN POITIERS
25th February 2016

As mentioned previously, next Monday (29th) sees the opening of the DAVID BOWIE exhibition of photographs by photographer PHILIPPE AULIAC.

Check out a France 3 TV News feature showing Philippe setting up his Poitiers exhibition, and you get a sneek peek of some previously unseen images.



The exhibition opens at the Hôtel de Ville from Monday 29th February through to Saturday 26th March.

Address: 15 Place Marechal Leclerc - CS 10569 - Poitiers Cedex, 86021 Poitiers, France.

More details can be found over on the poitiers.fr website.


DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE AT THE BRITS 2016
24th February 2016

Tonight at the BRIT AWARDS 2016 in London, DAVID BOWIE was honoured with a posthumous 'Icon' award.

The introduction speech was given by ANNIE LENNOX and accepting the award was David's close friend and actor GARY OLDMAN.

For the musical tribute, David's A Reality Tour 2003/2004 band MIKE GARSON (piano), EARL SLICK (guitar), GERRY LEONARD (guitar), GAIL ANN DORSEY (bass, vocals), STERLING CAMPBELL (drums) and CATHERINE RUSSELL (keyboards) performed a medley of songs, whilst the huge screen projected a beautiful montage of iconic Bowie images and footage.

The set began with a single spotlight on an empty stage, with David's voice singing the opening line of 'Space Oddity' and the spoken countdown.

The band kicked in with a medley of: Space Oddity / Rebel Rebel / Let's Dance / Ashes To Ashes / Ziggy Stardust / Fame / Under Pressure / "Heroes" / Life On Mars?

For the finale, LORDE - described by David as "the future of music" - joined the band on stage.

Bathed in complete red lighting and sporting 1976 Thin White Duke style clothing, black waistcoat, trousers and white shirt, sang a beautiful rendition of 'Life On Mars?'.

If you missed the speeches or the musical tribute, see below...



(Ed. I've just sat down and watched it all again several times properly. Simply stunning, heartbreaking and emotional. A massive thank you to the band and Lorde for taking the time and effort to fly over here and put all this together. You are all simply amazing. I salute you. To whoever put the video/photo stills montage together - that was just brilliant. Brits guys... the staging and lighting was awesome. Annie and Gary both gave beautiful speeches, with words to treasure).


NBC NEWS: THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE
23rd February 2016

Just when you thought you've seen everything, out pops a gem! Check out this news piece tucked away in the NBC News archive...

NBC News Special: The Pursuit of Pleasure by reporter Sander Vanocur, which features a couple of DAVID BOWIE clips. The news programme was aired in the US on 8th May 1967.

There are two short clips featuring David, which show him with a girlfriend inside trendy boutique John Stephen of Carnaby Street. Clips are at 00.34 and 29.21.


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You can watch the FULL news special programme over at nbcuniversalarchives.com website.

(Ed. Thanks to for thewildeyedboyfromfreecloud on the BW MB for the find).


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
23rd February 2016

The 2016 BRIT AWARDS take place tomorrow night at London's O2 Arena (24th). The show is available to watch live on ITV from 8pm GMT. If you outside of the UK, there will be a live stream available on YouTube [live stream] - there will be a special tribute to DAVID BOWIE which "could" involve Kate Moss and an all-star line-up rumoured to include: Adele, Bono, Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher and Coldplay...

Listen to a wonderful version of DAVID BOWIE's 'Space Oddity' by South Korean musician LUNA LEE performed on a gayageum. Be sure to listen to some of her other work - [Listen here]...

Taking place on Sunday 28th February BRIXTON UNITARIANS will be holding a special service to commemorate the life of DAVID BOWIE at the Effra Road Chapel. The service, which starts at 10.15am, will include a live band playing a selection of the Brixton legend's hits, with plenty of opportunity to sing along. FREE - [More details]...

IGGY POP paid tribute to DAVID BOWIE last night at the TIBET BENEFIT HOUSE Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City, when he sang 'The Jean Genie' backed by The Patti Smith Group and a duet of 'Tonight' with Sharon Jones - [View here]...

RICK WAKEMAN paid tribute to DAVID BOWIE on THIS MORNING - Rick was interviewed and performed 'Space Oddity' and 'Life On Mars?' - [View here]...

For Glastonbury 2016, MICHAEL EAVIS said: "We'll show the whole DAVID BOWIE set from 2000 on one of the film screens when the stages are shut down. It was an amazing gig and I'm so glad he did that when he did."...

"I believe I might be of service..." BEN STILLER and OWEN WILSON talk about DAVID BOWIE appearing in the first ZOOLANDER movie - [View here]...

For the 2016 ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL boss John Giddings said: "We're printing 20,000 Ziggy Stardust masks and giving all the money to Stand Up To Cancer charity. "I was David's agent for 30 years - I love him."...

Sad news to announce that THE MAGIC SHOP Recording Studio at 49 Crosby Street, NYC is to close on 16th March. As you are aware, DAVID BOWIE recorded his last two albums there. In a statement on his Facebook account, owner Steve Rosenthal said: "I would also like to thank the late, great David Bowie for recording ★ and The Next Day at the studio. It was an honor to have him and Tony Visconti working here for the last few years." - [Read statement]...


PRESS RELEASE: UNBOUND: A InstaMiniSeries
22nd February 2016

UNBOUND: An Instagram Miniseries Interpretation Of David Bowie's New Album
Featuring Tavi Gevinson, Patricia Clarkson and Others
Premieres February 25th, 8 PM Eastern at: instagram.com/instaminiseries
Trailer Airing Now On Instagram @ Instaminiseries

NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2016 / PRNewswire / - InstaMiniSeries, the innovative channel that creates episodic programming exclusively for the Instagram platform, was given unique pre-release access to the music from ★ (pronounced 'Blackstar'), the 28th studio album by cultural legend and icon DAVID BOWIE. The result of their work with Bowie's material is UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries. The first of 16 episodes premiers Thursday, February 25 at 8PM Eastern, on instagram.com/instaminiseries. New episodes will debut at 8PM Eastern each subsequent Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The release of David Bowie's ★ on January 8, via ISO/Columbia Records wrapped up months of feverish anticipation punctuated by some of the best reviews of Bowie's storied career and a #1 debut in more than 20 countries - including a first ever #1 in the U.S. In the weeks since, the unprecedented outpouring of love and appreciation for ★ and the entire Bowie catalogue has continued to build exponentially: In addition to ★ topping charts worldwide, 12 Bowie albums filled out the upper reaches of the UK charts, tying Elvis Presley's record for most simultaneous entries in the UK Top 40. Bowie's visual body of work has fared similarly, smashing the Vevo record for most video views in one day with an astounding 51 million on January 11 alone - the most-watched of these being the just-released "Lazarus," which has since surpassed 31 million views while the clip for the ★ title track is approaching 25 million. At radio, 'Lazarus' scored Bowie his first Top 40 single since 1987 and remains in the Top 25 at Triple AAA, while tracks spanning his entire career from 'Space Oddity' to ★ commandeered a record 21 of the total 50 positions on Billboard's Hot Rock songs chart.

UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries is an interpretation of David Bowie's most recent album, authorized by the late singer last fall. Featuring Tavi Gevinson, Patricia Clarkson and others, the series premieres February 25, 8 PM Eastern at: instagram.com/instaminiseries. Trailer airing now on Instagram @instaminiseries

With his enduring legacy as a savvy observer and pioneering user of emerging technology and media, Bowie saw in InstaMiniSeries an exciting new platform to explore interpretation of and storytelling within his music. Stopping short of an artistic collaboration, Bowie instead opened the doors last fall to the InstaMiniSeries creative team, Carolynn Cecilia and Nikki Borges, and provided them advance, unmediated access to the music and images from ★ thus allowing them to create their own visual interpretations of the songs, with no limits or preconditions on his part.

Completed in December 2015 and spanning 16 episodes, UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries takes its audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album's music, lyrics and artwork. The series is propelled by a focus on this visual interpretation of the ★ album as opposed to a literal, linear narrative. Each episode of the series, designed with a global audience in mind, is sure to capture the imaginations of all who experience it and will undoubtedly lead to endless speculation and discussion of meaning, metaphor and intention.

Nikki Borges, InstaMiniSeries Founder and Executive Producer said: "David Bowie has always been about reinvention over repetition. Remarkably honest and passionate in his work, his innovations have influenced our own work as we transform a social media platform into a creative outlet. We are grateful to have the opportunity to participate with the chameleonic rock icon and honored to be entrusted with interpreting his art."

Carolynn Cecilia, UNBOUND Writer and Producer, adds: "David Bowie was a trailblazer, not just in the world of music, but in the art of storytelling. Whether through lyrics, melodies, film, theater or mythical persona he never fails to transcend WHAT WAS and set the tone -and the bar- for what CAN BE. As story-tellers and music lovers, who better for us to be inspired by than David Bowie?"

Lawrence Peryer, Producer of UNBOUND, concludes: "In light of recent events, this project has taken on new significance for all of us - cast and crew. We are very happy to be bringing a new creative work to David's fans worldwide at a time when a focus on his music and art is much-needed."

The trailer for UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries is available for viewing now at instagram.com/instaminiseries. The series premiers Thursday, February 25 at 8PM Eastern, also on instagram.com/instaminiseries. Instagram users can view the series by following the account @instaminiseries.



For a full list of the cast and crew visit davidbowie.com


DAVID BOWIE PHOTO EXPO IN POITIERS
21st February 2016

David Bowie Photo Expo in Poitiers


The city of Poitiers welcomes a DAVID BOWIE exhibition of photographs taken by French photographer PHILIPPE AULIAC.

The exhibition will be held at the Hôtel de Ville from Monday 29th February through to Saturday 26th March.

Address: 15 Place Marechal Leclerc - CS 10569 - Poitiers Cedex, 86021 Poitiers, France.

More details can be found over on the poitiers.fr website.


UNSEEN BOWIE PHOTOGRAPHIC BENEFIT IN MIAMI
21st February 2016

Seeing you from afar by Markus Klinko The Cross by Markus Klinko MARKOWICZ FINE ART is partnering with award-winning, international fashion and celebrity photographer and director MARKUS KLINKO for the grand reveal of never-before-seen photographs of DAVID BOWIE.

Klinko is one of the most notable celebrity photographers who has been featured in numerous art galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Klinko at the private Media and VIP Reveal Party on Thursday, 25th February, at the Markowicz Fine Art Gallery from 7.00-9.00 p.m.

Klinko's high quality, fine art photographic prints of David Bowie will be available for sale exclusively at the event. The photographs are limited editions autographed by the contemporary photographer, and are available in a variety of sizes.

Net proceeds from the auction will benefit Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Markowicz Fine Art will be the first exhibition to showcase the unreleased photos of David Bowie by Markus Klinko. The photos will be on display for the public at the gallery from 26th February through mid-March 2016.

To RSVP to the celebration, please email

Venue: The Markowicz Fine Art Gallery.
Address: 110 NE 40th Street, Miami Fl 33137, USA.

For more details and information, please visit the markowiczfineart.com website.

(Ed. If you fancy a sneek peek at some of the photographs and see others available - view here).


WITH EYES COMPLETELY OPEN
20th February 2016

Absolute Beginners Limited Edition 7" Vinyl Single For all you collectors out there, next month sees the release of a DAVID BOWIE UK limited edition 7" vinyl single.

'Absolute Beginners' / 'China Girl' is released in the United Kingdom on Friday 25th March via Laser Media.

Both songs are taken from the Live Radio Broadcast from the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 3rd November 1987 in Australia.

This UK limited edition 7" vinyl single is available to pre-order NOW.



ON BOWIE
19th February 2016

There is a new DAVID BOWIE book on its way entitled: ON BOWIE by SIMON CRITCHLEY scheduled for publication on Thursday 7th April.

Published via Serpent's Tail, this 192-page paperback is also available in the Kindle format.

On Bowie by Simon Critchley Synopsis: What made Bowie special? What made him the cultural icon he is today? And what made millions of people around the world tune into his peculiar wavelength and find exactly what they'd been looking for all along?

These are the questions asked by Simon Critchley in this keen-eyed, moving and textured tribute to Bowie. Each of the two dozen deceptively short chapters looks at Bowie from a new angle, slowly unfolding the enigma that was his artistic life into a celebration of what made him unique. From the author's earliest childhood exposure to the bizarre musical and sexual contours of Ziggy Stardust right through to the supernova glow of Blackstar, and covering everything in between, Critchley traces the development of Bowie's music and lyrics to tell the story of how he tapped into zeitgeist - and into our hearts.

Growing up in working-class suburban England, the young Critchley was instantly drawn to this creature from another planet, 'so sexual, so knowing, so strange'. Now a celebrated philosopher who Jonathan Lethem has called 'a figure of quite startling brilliance', Critchley draws on a plethora of cultural and philosophical touchpoints, as well as his own intensely personal response to the music, to paint an essential portrait of Bowie as songwriter, poet, performer and icon.

You can pre-order ON BOWIE by Simon Critchley NOW.


BOWIE-INSPIRED WINDOWS FOR LONDON FASHION WEEK
18th February 2016

Debenhams Oxford Street London branch Department store group DEBENHAMS are celebrating music legend DAVID BOWIE in its latest windows, which highlight the launch of LONDON FASHION WEEK (LFW) in its Oxford Street branch.

The store's entire front run of windows has been given over to the promotion, which is inspired by his classic track 'Fashion'. Words from the song pulsate and move across screens, and are featured on the glass and backwalls. The windows have been designed in-house. Mannequins arranged in catwalk formation sport Bowie-like wigs and a lightning bolt flash, with inspiration drawn from Bowie's 1970s and 1980s styles.

You can read and view more photographs over at retaildesignworld.com website.


DAVE AND PAT GO FOR A CAR RIDE
17th February 2016

You simply have to watch the PLAYBOY sponsored film of DAVE GROHL and PAT SMEAR touring several of DAVID BOWIE's Los Angeles haunts from back in the Seventies.

They visit David's rented house on Doheny Drive, Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco and the Rainbow Room, and reveal why Nirvana played 'The Man Who Sold The World' on 'MTV Unplugged' and talk about email correspondence...




AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
17th February 2016

EMILY EAVIS has told BBC 6 MUSIC that a tribute to DAVID BOWIE would be taking place at the Glastonbury Festival this year...

Check out an exclusive interview with close friend and fellow musician LAURIE ANDERSON talking about DAVID BOWIE - [View here]...

More artists have been added to the TWO DAVID BOWIE tribute shows in New York City, at Carnegie Hall on 31st March and Radio City Music Hall on 1st April. The artists added include: The Pixies, Blondie, Mumford & Sons, Bette Midler, the trio of Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi and Jherek Bischoff, and the Donny McCaslin Group, which features Blackstar contributors Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner and Tony Visconti. These artists join the already announced line-up of Laurie Anderson, Michael Stipe, Cat Power, Perry Farrell, The Polyphonic Spree, The Roots, Jakob Dylan, The Mountain Goats, Bettye LaVette, Robyn Hitchcock and Woody Woodmansey/Tony Visconti band Holy Holy. Blondie will play a full-band show at Radio City, but the Carnegie Hall features only Debbie Harry. Mumford & Sons, Amanda Palmer's trio, The Polyphonic Spree, the Donny McCaslin Group only play the Radio City show. Both shows are SOLD OUT...

The Network Rail hosted photographic exhibition ROCK THROUGH THE AGES by DENIS O'REGAN which features plenty of DAVID BOWIE shots, is currently located at GLASGOW Central Station until 26th February...

A cover version of the DAVID BOWIE classic 'Changes' is currrently being utilised in the new TV commercial for the TOYOTA RAV4 model. The advert was created last December and started airing on 10th January in France. Toyota Motor Europe (TME) released a statement about the advert, which reads: "We are very sad to hear about David Bowie's passing. He was a great artist, a creative genius who was able to anticipate musical trends and reinvent himself constantly. The use of a cover of one of his many famous songs, Changes, in a TV advert for one of our vehicles is entirely coincidental to the timing of his passing. We have decided to continue running the ad unchanged, because the reason why we chose this song is the same now than it was when we produced the ad one month ago and when David Bowie's record label approved it. We found it inspirational." TME added: "The ad's story line is centred on the fact that life is constantly changing and that labels and conventions are being constantly redefined - so there was no better song than Changes to express that message." - [View advert here]...

In memory of DAVID BOWIE remastered copies of the cult science fiction film, 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' and the revolutionary vampire movie 'The Hunger' will be screened for the first time in Turkey within the 15th !F ISTANBUL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 'David Bowie is...' section. TMWFTE shows on 21st February and The Hunger on 26th February - [More details]...

Currently in the pipeline is a new book entitled: HERO: DAVID BOWIE by author Lesley-Ann Jones. Scheduled for publication on 8th September via Hodder & Stoughton, this hardcover book contains 384-pages. Lesley-Ann Jones is a journalist, newspaper columnist and broadcaster. The author of eight published books, she has enjoyed more than twenty-five years in music and the media - [More details]...

Check out 'A Look Back At DAVID BOWIE In 'The Elephant Man' via CBS Chicago, features archived interview from 1980 and The Elephant Man play clips - [View here]...

Take a listen to the 1970 UK hit song by MR. BLOE which peaked at #2 entitled: 'Groovin' With Mr. Bloe' - then read this article and interview with DAVID HASKINS (aka David J) from Bauhaus/Love And Rockets. David talks about the time when he was on set with DAVID BOWIE during the filming of 'The Hunger'. Between takes, the group retired to its dressing room which contained a '50s-style jukebox. One day, Haskins was alone perusing songs on the jukebox when he noticed a thin white presence looming over his shoulder. It was Bowie. "Do you mind if I play one?" he asked.

Bowie punched the buttons, calling up an obscure early '70s instrumental number titled 'Groovin' with Mr. Bloe'. The song's R&B/soul beat, breezy piano, and harmonica lines filled the air, and Bowie started dancing. "It was just him looking at me and me looking at him - I was sort of nodding to the music."

Bowie asked: "What do you think?"
"This reminds me of something," Haskins said.
"Yeah, what's that?" Bowie asked.
"It's one of yours."
"Which one?"
"It's off of Low."
"Well come on then, which one is it?"
"It's 'A New Career in a New Town'..."

With that, Bowie placed a finger to his lips, gave Haskins a wink, and continued dancing till the music ended.

You can read the whole article here via Creative Loafing website...


DISSENT & DISRUPTION FEATURES BAAL
17th February 2016

Dissent & Disruption: The Complete Alan Clarke at the BBC 1969-1989 Scheduled for release on Monday 23rd May is DISSENT & DISRUPTION: The Complete Alan Clarke at the BBC 1969-1989 Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set.

This long-overdue 13-disc box set collection, released by the BFI (British Film Institute), finally brings together all twenty-three of the surviving stand-alone BBC TV dramas that Alan Clarke directed between 1969 and 1989.

Includes such neglected classics as Baal (starring DAVID BOWIE), To Encourage the Others, Horace, Penda's Fen, Diane, Contact, Christine and Elephant, and also includes the first ever presentation of Clarkes original Director's Cut of The Firm, assembled from his personal answer print, discovered in 2015.

You can pre-order Dissent & Disruption: The Complete Alan Clarke at the BBC (Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set) NOW.


Two NON Blu-ray box sets are also available in 6-disc DVD sets... Volume 1: Dissent (1969-1977) and Volume 2: Disruption (1978-1989)

(NOTE: David Bowie's 'Baal' features on VOLUME 2 'Disruption' with the green coloured box).

Alan Clarke at the BBC, Volume 2: Disruption (6-DVD Box Set) Alan Clarke at the BBC, Volume 1: Dissent (6-DVD Box Set) Alan Clarke at the BBC, Volume 2: Disruption (6-DVD box set) - Director: Alan Clarke.

Special features include:
All filmed productions newly remastered in HD.
All VT productions newly remastered in SD.
Alan Clarke: Out of his Own Light (2016): multi-part documentary, featuring actors, writers and producers.
Open Air discussions on Road and Elephant.
Bukovsky (1977): material from Alan Clarke's unbroadcast documentary.
David Leland introductions to Contact, Road, and The Firm.
Newly recorded audio commentary with Sean Chapman on Contact.
Extensive booklet with new essays by writers including Richard Kelly, Lizzie Francke, Nick James, Nick Wrigley, Ashley Clark and Kaleem Aftab, with an introduction by Danny Leigh; and full credits.
Other extras TBC.

Writers: Alun Owen, Roy Minton, David Leland and David Rudkin.
Cast: David Bowie, Gary Oldman, Phil Davis, Lesley Manville, Sean Chapman, Jane Horrocks, Lesley Sharp and Eleanor Bron.
UK / 1978-1989 / 800 minutes / Certificate: 18 / TBC.

Pre-order links:
[Dissent & Disruption Blu-ray] [Vol 1: Dissent] [Vol 2: Disruption]

Update: There are two listed release dates: 23rd May and 20th June for Volume 2: Disruption 6-disc DVD Box Set featuring David Bowie in Baal.


'SUE' WINS A GRAMMY
15th February 2016

Update: and the winner is... MARIA SCHNEIDER - Congratulations!

Nominated in the 58th GRAMMY Awards in the 'Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals' category are:

       Shelly Burg: 'Be My Muse'.
       Patrick Williams: '52nd & Broadway'.
       Otmaro Ruiz: 'Garota De Ipanema'.
       Maria Schneider: 'Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)'.
       Jimmy Greene: 'When I Come Home'.

The awards ceremony takes place tonight 15th February.

Also performing a tribute tonight is newly Bowie tattoed LADY GAGA with musical director NILE RODGERS. Gaga tweeted that she will be performing a "a 10-song, nearly eight-minute medley", celebrating David Bowie's legacy.

You can watch the live stream here

Update: The songs performed in the medley were: Space Oddity, Changes, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Rebel Rebel, Fashion, Fame, Under Pressure, Let's Dance and "Heroes".

Listening back to her performance, there is also a tribute nod to B.B. King, when singing "Heroes" she cleverly changes the line: 'I, I will BB King'.

If you missed Lady Gaga's performance, you can view here and if you were wondering what the two things on each of her wrists were, this article explains it all.


ERIC SENDS A THANK-YOU LETTER...
15th February 2016

ERIC IDLE one of DAVID BOWIE's best friends (and Duncan's godfather) today shares the hilarious letter he sent to David after spending six weeks at his house on Mustique back in 1991.

Eric mentions in his blog: 'January was a rotten month when I lost another friend. I have been thinking a lot about David Bowie. We shared a very unlikely friendship in the eighties and nineties, with many great times on holiday. People don't know that he had the greatest sense of humour. He loved to laugh. And he laughed loudly and often.'

'In 1991 he was kind enough to loan me his beautiful Balinese home on the island of Mustique for six weeks while I wrote a movie. (Splitting Heirs.) I can't begin to describe the beauties of this house, or the amazing views, perched high on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean. But this is the cheeky letter I wrote to thank him for our delicious stay...'

You can read 'Chapter 5: B Day' over on ericidle.com/blog/.


DAVID BOWIE'S JUKEBOX
15th February 2016

David Bowie's Jukebox CD Released next month is a CD compilation entitled: DAVID BOWIE'S JUKEBOX The Songs That Inspired The Man out on Friday 18th March.

Featuring cuts from as diverse a collection of tunesmiths as Lou Reed, Jacques Brel, James Brown, Stravinsky, Bertolt Brecht and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, among numerous others, this collection works on any number of levels and provides both a fascinating glimpse into the record collection of David Bowie and a delightful compilation of songs from a wide selection of 20th Century composers who rarely feature on the same album together.

The full tracklisting runs as follows:

       01. Wham Bam Thank You Ma am (Charles Mingus).
       02. Electricity (Drugs) (live) (Talking Heads).
       03. The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch (live) (Eno " The Winkies).
       04. Lost Someone (James Brown).
       05. I Pity The Fool (Bobby Bland).
       06. The Augurs Of Spring (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
       07. TV Eye (live) (Iggy Pop with David Bowie).
       08. I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship (live) (Legendary Stardust Cowboy).
       09. Tupelo Blues (John Lee Hooker).
       10. House Of The Risin Sun (Bob Dylan).
       11. Brand New Cadillac (Vince Taylor).
       12. The Song Of The Second Moon (The Electrosoniks).
       13. Around And Around (Chuck Berry).
       14. Sweet Jane (live) (Lou Reed).
       15. Pop! Goes The Weasel (Anthony Newley).
       16. Wild Is The Wind (live) (Nina Simone).
       17. Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (Edith Piaf).
       18. Alabama Song (Lotte Lenya).
       19. Growin' Up (live) (Bruce Springsteen).
       20. Giant Steps (John Coltrane).
       21. Jocko Homo (live) (Devo).
       22. La Mort (Jacques Brel).
       23. Like A Bird (Florence Foster Jenkins) (bonus track).

He was one of the finest composers of the past 50 years, but David Bowie was proud to wear his musical influences on his sleeve and never afraid to provide his own unique versions of the songs he loved. Indeed, as early in his career as 1973, he released an entire album of such with Pinups, when he performed songs he knew and admired from his teenage years - hit singles by British Beat Groups from the mid 1960s. And many a Bowie fan from that era is still under the illusion that the old Merseys smash 'Sorrow' is a bona-fide Bowie song, such was his treatment of the record s hit single. But across the years David's tastes and inspirations have developed and broadened exponentially and as a tribute to such a diverse range of informants, we hereby present the ultimate tribute to David Bowie's mythical jukebox.

You can pre-order DAVID BOWIE'S JUKEBOX The Songs That Inspired The Man now.


YOU WANT MORE AND YOU WANT IT FAST
15th February 2016

Rebel Rebel UK Demo On this day, 42 years ago, DAVID BOWIE released his anthemic 'Rebel Rebel' single in 1974.

Originally scheduled for release on 1st February, it was delayed by two weeks. The RCA music press advertisement stated: 'A Valentine Day Release', but in reality it was the following day.

Despite no official promotional video or live appearance on Top Of The Pops, the song entered UK charts at #6 on 17th February, (one place behind Lulu's cover of 'The Man Who Sold The World'), and the following week (24th) it climbed one place to peak at #5, where it remained for another week.

The single was "played" twice on Top Of The Pops 28th February and 7th March. In case you were wondering, no we didn't get the now famous AVRO Toppop Dutch TV show performance.

David was scheduled to perform live on Top Of The Pops on 21st February, but was unable to appear. Earlier on 18th February, Robin Nash (TOTP producer) contacted Ronnie Fowler (head of EMI promotion) stating that he urgently needed a live replacement. So we got an unknown band named Queen performing 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' instead.

The single spent a total of 7 weeks on the Top 50 UK Singles Chart.

#6 - 17th Feb / #5 - 24th Feb / #5 - 3rd March / #13 - 10th March / #16 - 17th March / #36 - 24th March / #47 - 31st March.


IGGY WITH DAVID AT MANTRA STUDIOS
15th February 2016

Set for another release next month is the MANTRA STUDIOS BROADCAST from IGGY POP with DAVID BOWIE from March 1977.

The audio CD out on Friday 4th March was recorded in Chicago during the US leg of Iggy's 'The Idiot' Tour, which as you know, saw David Bowie playing keyboards and singing backing vocals.

Iggy Pop with David Bowie - Mantra Studios Broadcast 1977 Synopsis: By 1976, proto-punk pioneer Iggy Pop had hit a major rut. Drug problems had led to the collapse of The Stooges, the band with whom he made his name, and he had checked himself into UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute in an effort to get clean. David Bowie, seeing his friend and collaborator in desperate need of support and guidance, was one of Iggy's few visitors. Bowie would later invite Pop to accompany him as his companion on his 1976 On Stage! World Tour, the first time Iggy had witnessed an outing of such scale and magnitude.

Impressed by the success of the tour and with Bowie's work ethic, the pair headed for the Château d'Hérouville Studios in France to collaborate together, then Musicland Studios in Munich, before finally moving onto West Berlin in order to wean themselves off their respective addictions and take full advantage of the burgeoning music scene there.

Iggy signed to Bowie's long term label, RCA, in 1977, and with a new record deal in place, alongside the production skills, musicianship and songwriting assistance of David, Iggy was able to record and release what would become his two most acclaimed albums.

In March '77 came art-pop masterpiece The Idiot which produced the singles 'Nightclubbing' and 'China Girl'. Although certain purists would criticise the record for being a David Bowie album in disguise, The Idiot was a resounding success both critically and musically, becoming highly influential on the early industrial and post-punk scenes.

On 29th August the same year Lust For Life appeared, a more typical affair for Pop, but ultimately his most successful album to date which spawned one of his signature tunes, 'The Passenger'.

The two albums, in addition to the world tour Iggy undertook with Bowie as sideman the same year, would ultimately revitalise the waning performer's career, unleashing a reenergised Iggy Pop onto the music scene by the end of the decade.

This CD, taken from a live radio broadcast of an in-house set recorded at Mantra Studios in Chicago, captures Iggy and Bowie alongside their touring band; (Ricky Gardiner - guitar, Tony Sales - bass and Hunt Sales - drums), during what was essentially a radio session, but one which captures superbly the essence of the tour they were undertaking at the time. Recorded just 10 days after the release of The Idiot on 28th March 1977, this recording reveals a truly legendary occasion for fans, unlikely as they are to have previously heard this rare set.

The full tracklisting runs as follows:

       01. Raw Power (3.52).
       02. TV Eye (3.23).
       03. Dirt (5.39).
       04. Turn Blue (7.12).
       05. Funtime (3.03).
       06. Gimme Danger (4.16).
       07. No Fun (2.55).
       08. Sister Midnight (2.15).
       09. I Need Somebody (4.42).
       10. Search And Destroy (3.37).
       11. I Wanna Be Your Dog (4.21).
       12. China Girl (6.28).
       13. Funtime (2.49).
       14. Sister Midnight (3.42).

You can pre-order Iggy Pop with David Bowie Mantra Studios Broadcast 1977 NOW!


DAVID BOWIE BACK AT #1 IN NEW ZEALAND
13th February 2016

Nothing Has Changed 3CD In the latest Official NEW ZEALAND Top 40 Album Chart, DAVID BOWIE's 'Nothing Has Changed' compilation album moves up two places into the #1 top slot, and has been certified Gold.

Other Bowie albums placed in their Top 40 are as follows:

#3 - ★ climbs up one place from last week - (certified Gold).

#9 - 'Best Of Bowie' climbs four places - (certified Triple Platinum).

#23 - 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars' climbs nine places.

#31 - 'Sound And Vision: Box Set' re-enters the chart.


LATEST WORLD CHART PLACEMENTS
13th February 2016

David Bowie Blackstar DAVID BOWIE's ★ album has reached the following certifications: PLATINUM in Belgium and United Kingdom and GOLD in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain.

From the published charts so far, Croatia leads the way with 5 weeks at the #1 position, and in Czech Republic, Portgual and USA Tastemaker ★ remains in the #1 spot after 4 weeks.

As and when countries announce their latest weekly album charts, this Blackstar album chart page is being continually updated.

In this week's UK official charts, ★ is still at #1 in the Record Store Chart and UK Vinyl Album Chart.

In the Official UK Vinyl Singles Chart, David Bowie is #1 with Golden Years, and has 8 other singles in the chart.


Below are all the latest United Kingdom David Bowie various release placements (12th Feb 2016):

Official UK Top 100 Albums: #3 Best Of Bowie, #5 ★, #13 Nothing Has Changed, #25 Hunky Dory, #31 Ziggy Stardust, #47 Aladdin Sane, #57 "Heroes", #60 The Next Day, #67 Low, #87 Diamond Dogs, #93 Station To Station.

Official UK Album Downloads: #24 Best Of Bowie, #28 ★, #95 Hunky Dory.

Official UK Albums Sales: #3 Best Of Bowie, #4 ★, #10 Nothing Has Changed, #21 Hunky Dory, #29 Ziggy Stardust, #42 Aladdin Sane, #48 "Heroes", #52 The Next Day, #54 Low, #61 Diamond Dogs, #65 Station To Station, #75 Scary Monsters, #76 Young Americans, #95 Let's Dance.

Official UK Physical Albums Top 100: #1 Best Of Bowie, #2 ★, #8 Nothing Has Changed, #18 Hunky Dory, #24 Ziggy Stardust, #34 Aladdin Sane, #37 "Heroes", #40 The Next Day, #45 Low, #52 Diamond Dogs, #56 Station To Station, #65 Scary Monsters, #69 Young Americans, #81 Let's Dance.

Official UK Record Store Chart: #1 ★, #11 Nothing Has Changed, #23 Best Of Bowie, #29 The Next Day.

Official UK Vinyl Albums Chart: #1 ★, #4 The Next Day, #9 Nothing Has Changed.

Official UK Soundtrack Albums Chart: #18 The Buddha Of Suburbia, #31 Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders.

Official Scottish Albums Chart: #2 Best Of Bowie, #4 ★, #9 Nothing Has Changed, #26 Hunky Dory, #29 Ziggy Stardust, #43 "Heroes", #49 Aladdin Sane, #57 The Next Day, #69 Low, #79 Diamond Dogs, #96 Station To Station, #99 Scary Monsters.

Official UK Vinyl Singles Chart: #1 Golden Years, #4 Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime), #5 Space Oddity, #9 Fame, #14 Valentine's Day, #16 Lost Is Lost, #28 Knock On Wood, #29 Young Americans, #35 Life On Mars?


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
12th February 2016

Just published is a DAVID BOWIE Tribute: Comic Book by STORM ENTERTAINMENT available in both print and digital formats. Written by Mike Lynch and Michael L. Frizell with art by George Amaru and Vincenzo Sansone, the book pays homage to one of the most influential artists any generation, constantly reinventing himself while defying convention. The one-shot features three collectable covers by Sansone, David Frizell and Graham Hill - [More details]...

A month on... DAVID BOWIE biographer DAVID BUCKLEY reflects on a life immersed in his colourful world - [Read here]...

Yay! DAVID BOWIE's ★ album has spent 5 weeks at #1 in Croatia. Take a look at the other countries official abum charts placings - [View all]...

Well worth watching... RED RONNIE shares some wonderful filmed outtakes from Italian DAVID BOWIE interviews - [View here]...

A must read... interview with CARLOS ALOMAR talking about his 'Golden Years' with DAVID BOWIE in Rock Cellar magazine - [Read here]...


CONGRATULATIONS TO DUNCAN AND RODENE
10th February 2016

Huge congratulations to DUNCAN JONES and his wife RODENE JONES who have announced today that they are expecting their first child.


Duncan Jones announcement



UPCOMING JAPANESE DVD RELEASES
10th February 2016

Basquiat Blu-ray Labyrinth Blu-ray Slipcover Memorial Edition All set for release in Japan next month is a limited release of LABYRINTH (Blu-ray Slipcover) Memorial Edition on 23rd March.

This memorial Blu-ray and DVD set comes complete with replicas of the booklet and postcards (resized, A6: 10.5 x 14.8cm), which were included in Labyrinth that was originally released in 2005. Also includes two new postcards. Features newly designed outer case packaging.

Special Feature / Bonus Track: picture-in-picture (bonus view), audio commentary, making-of, photo gallery, storyboards, filmography, and more.

Product Type: Blu-ray. / TV Standard: NTSC. / Number of Discs: 2. / Running Time: 101 minutes. / Region: A. / Subtitles: English Japanese. / Audio Track: English 5.1ch Surround and Japanese 5.1ch Surround.

The following month on 20th April sees the Blu-ray version of BASQUIAT which stars DAVID BOWIE as 'Andy Warhol'.

Special Feature / Bonus Track: theatrical trailer.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
10th February 2016

ARIZONA PBS will air the DAVID BOWIE: FIVE YEARS BBC documentary on Friday, 12th February at 9pm MST. The programme will also be available for online viewing free to the public at azpbs.org fom Feb. 12 - 14...

BIG shout out to Croatia, Czech Republic and USA Tastemaker Official Album Charts... DAVID BOWIE's ★ album remains at the #1 position for 4 consecutive weeks! See the fulll low-down - [Chart Placements]...

On this day, 44 years ago, DAVID BOWIE begins his first major UK tour at the Toby Jug, Tolworth, Surrey in 1972...

Fans are planning a mass DAVID BOWIE sing-along tribute at GLASTONBURY 2016 FESTIVAL on Wednesday evening 22nd June at the Pyramid Stage. If you are going to Glastonbury this year, pop on over to twitter.com/BowieGlasto2016 and give your support...


CHARITY DAVID BOWIE EXHIBITION
10th February 2016

A DAVID BOWIE Charity Exhibition is taking place at TODMORDEN inside the Town Hall on Saturday 20th February from 10am until 3pm.

Admission is only £2 and all money raised will be split between Calderdale Flood Relief and Cancer Research UK.

This exhibition on David Bowie features rare memorabilia, live photos, clothing, posters, and assorted ephemera. All of the items on display are loaned from private collections, are original, fragile and are not for sale.

There will be an exclusive and extremely limited number of prints and cards to buy on the day, with all proceeds once again going to the two charities mentioned above.

The exhibition is curated by BOB FOLLEN of Bob Art Models, who will be there on the day to welcome you, and to answer any questions you may have about the pieces on show.

Venue: Todmorden Town Hall, Bridge Street, Todmorden OL14 5AQ, West Yorkshire.
Wheelchair friendly / Free parking.
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DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE BOOK REVEAL
9th February 2016

Unboxing the DAVID BOWIE Tribute Newspaper Book exclusively created by Historic-Newspapers.co.uk

Reminder: The BW competition ends at midnight (GMT) on Thursday 11th FEBRUARY 2016 - [NOW CLOSED]

If you have entered the BW prize draw competition already - this preview copy will give you a good idea of what's on offer...



Update: Prize draw winner is ANDY JAY - congratulations! A big thank you to everyone who entered the prize draw.


DB TRIBUTE AT THE ROXY
9th February 2016

Last night at the DAVID BOWIE tribute concert at The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood, CA, USA, MIKE GARSON and SEAL and a whole host of musicians performed including: Tim Lefebvre, Holly Palmer, Gaby Moreno, Nikka Costa, Angelo Bundini, Jeff Babko, Blair Sinta, Eric Dover, Angelo Moore, Paul Bushnell and more.

Check out some of the concert footage below...



Other performers included: Ewan McGregor who sang "Heroes" and Gary Oldman 'The Man Who Sold The World'.


TEDDY ANTOLIN - REST IN PEACE
9th February 2016

Incredibly sad news to report the passing away of TEDDY ANTOLIN.

As you may know, Teddy was the man responsible for setting up DAVID BOWIE and IMAN on their blind date on 14th October 1990 in Los Angeles.

Teddy was David's and Iman's mutual hairdresser, he did hair and make-up on five of David's world tours, as well as Iman's hair on their wedding day.

Rest in peace Teddy :(


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
8th February 2016

In case you missed it, check out BBC programme 'Inside Out' which features interviews with music journalist Mark Beaumont, Woolf Byrne (The Manish Boys), Mary Finnigan, fan Rachel Leggett, singer Tessa Niles and guitarist Kevin Armstrong (starts at 17.15). Watch via the BBC iPlayer - [View here]...

REEVES GABRELS talks about creating with DAVID BOWIE. "It would be wonderful if music fans took this opportunity to listen. Now is the time to go deep. There is a life's work waiting there to be heard." - [Read here]...

Making his first UK appearance in 15 years, Ace Hotel London Artist in Residence LINDSAY KEMP will be in conversation with acclaimed singer-songwriter MARC ALMOND on life and work with DAVID BOWIE. Hosted by Nicholas Pegg, author of The Complete David Bowie the evening will also include a screening of 'The Looking Glass Murders' and an exclusive trailer for upcoming feature documentary 'Lindsay Kemp's Last Dance'. 'My Life and Work with David Bowie' takes place on 17th May at 7pm. Free with RSVP at Miranda, Shoreditch, London E1 - [More details]...

DAVID BOWIE features on the front cover of GUITARIST magazine. Inside, David Bowie's guitar players offer insight into the creative process of the late musical legend. The articles feature interviews and the stories behind the riffs, plus the recording his final album ★ - this March issue (#404) Collector's edition is on sale now - [More details]...

Photographer INDRANI talks about working with DAVID BOWIE and IMAN on the Scott Kelby blog - [Read here]...


THE FINAL CHANGES
6th February 2016

DAVID BOWIE: The Final Changes 2 DVD Collection Scheduled for a release next month is a 2 DVD Tribute Collection entitled: DAVID BOWIE: The Final Changes.

Due on 11th March this PAL, Region 2, runs for 150 minutes and is released via The Collector's Forum.

Synopsis: It's virtually all been said, and it will be said 100 times more, but perhaps what has been most shocking about the passing of David Bowie in the opening weeks of 2016 is the most brutal realisation the sad event bought home; that someone who long ago transcended into immortality actually dies like the rest of us. But the sadness will pass and the mourning will fade, and what we will be left with is arguably the finest musical catalogue produced in the rock era, a cause for celebration if ever there was one.

This two DVD set plays a crucial part in the genesis of this celebration as it documents and develops the musical history of David Bowie from his earliest ventures in the industry through to his most daring and creative era when nothing appeared to be anything less than possible.

Featuring rare and classic footage, interviews with the man himself and those closest to him throughout his career, plus live and studio performance archive, location shoots, news reports and comment from the finest journalists and writers, this collection will go some way to satisfying the huge demand for information and revelations - many previously unknown - about this most mysterious and enigmatic of musical and cultural icons.

You can pre-order David Bowie: The Final Changes [DVD] NOW.


WORLD CHART PLACEMENTS
5th February 2016

David Bowie Blackstar DAVID BOWIE's ★ album remains at the NUMBER ONE position in several countries.

Big shout out to: Belgium (Flanders), The Netherlands, Czech Republic and US Tastemakers Chart, still at the #1 after 4 weeks.

Still waiting on positions in Finland, Norway and Portugal where it has remained at #1 ever since release.

In the United Kingdom, although ★ has dropped one position to #2, it has been replaced at #1 by the Best Of Bowie compilation album!

The Top 100 Official UK Album Chart has FOURTEEN David Bowie placings: #1 Best Of Bowie, #2 ★, #8 Nothing Has Changed, #19 Hunky Dory, #22 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, #37 Aladdin Sane, #39 "Heroes", #45 Low, #51 The Next Day, #52 Station To Station, #57 Diamond Dogs, #62 Young Americans, #64 Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), #79 Let's Dance.

In the Scottish Official chart ★ has dropped to #3, but again, Best Of Bowie hits the #1 spot.

As and when countries announce their latest album charts, this Blackstar album chart page is being continually updated.


ALBUM VARIATIONS
5th February 2016

David Bowie Blackstar For the collectors' and completists out there, below are the worldwide releases variations of DAVID BOWIE's ★ that I can find:

Black Vinyl - USA - test pressing from RTI Record Technology Inc. (Camarillo, CA, US) - white label/blue letting - November 07, 2015 - Matrix: 88875173871 A/B.

Clear vinyl - GERMANY/EU - JPC - 1st pressing - ISO, Columbia and Sony logos - (BC: 88875173871).
Clear vinyl - FRANCE - FNAC - ISO, Columbia and Sony logos - (same as JPC) (BC: 88875173871).
Clear vinyl - USA - Barnes & Noble Exclusive - sticker on front - 1st pressing - ISO and Columbia logos. (BC: 888751888517).

Black vinyl - AUSTRALIA - JB Hi-Fi Exclusive. (no more will be pressed) (US issue).
Black vinyl - UK - 1st pressing - 2015.
Black vinyl - UK - 2nd pressing - 2016 added.

CD - EU - standard digipak (BC 888751 738621) (Cat. 888751 73862).
CD - GERMANY/AUSTRIA - MSD Exclusive (Saturn and Media Markt shops) limited edition - 6-panel digipak inside a laminated box includes Blackstar pin. (BC 88751 88762) (Cat: 88875173862).
CD - ITALY - Sony Italy/Swarovski limited edition box set (69 only) includes Swarovski crystal encrusted iPhone 6/6s case and CD.
CD - JAPAN - Blu-spec CD2 (first press) digipak - obi strip - (Cat. No. SICP-30918). (BC 4547366257106) (New Music Fridays blue sticker).
CD - JAPAN - Blu-spec CD2 jewel case - obi strip - (Cat. No. SICP-30918). (BC 4547366257106).
CD - JAPAN - Tower Records Exclusive - with promotional plastic folder.
CD - AUSTRALIA - digipak - (BC 888751 738621) (Cat. 888751 73862).
CD - HONG KONG - digipak - (BC 888751 738621) (Cat. 888751 73862).
CD - HONG KONG - HMV - (plus Tote bag edition) (same as above).
CD - TAIWAN - digipak - obi - (BC 888751 738621) (Cat. 888751 73862) (disc is EU) (typo on Dollar Days).
CD - KOREA - digipak - (BC 8803581123135) (Cat. S20313C) (with promo sheet).
CD - ARGENTINA - digipak - (BC 888751 738621) (Cat. 888751 7386-2).
CD - BRAZIL - digipak - limited edition of 6,00 copies - (BC 888751 738621) (Cat. 888751 73862) - front cover sticker in Portuguese - CD made in Brazil.
CD - MEXICO - digipak - (BC 888751 73862).
CD - USA - digipak - (BC 888751 738621) (Cat. 888751 73862) (Cat. #2 88875173862 S1).
CD - CANADA - digipak - (BC 888751 738621) (Cat. 888751 73862) (same as US apart from Sony Canada).

A couple of things to be aware of: there is also a German MSD Exclusive box with pin, that allegedly has 3 smaller litho prints inside the box - these are home-made prints and NOT official.

Also be careful when purchasing vinyl first pressings - the second vinyl pressing of ★ has the date 2015/2016 on the back cover and all labels, first pressing is just 2015. Second vinyl pressings seem to be available everywhere now.

Happy hunting on the ★ eBay listings and if anyone has any amendments or additions to the above list, do please let me know.


AUDI R8 V10 CAMPAIGN
3rd February 2016

AUDI the German luxury carmaker has a moon-themed advert running in the first quarter of the Super Bowl this weekend to the soundtrack of DAVID BOWIE's 'Starman'.

Surrounded by memories of the Space Age's golden years, a retired astronaut has lost his zeal for life. But when his son shows up and hands over the keys to the new 205-mph Audi R8 V10 plus, a rocket ride under the stars stirs newfound life within the Commander. It's a universal reminder that amazing things happen when we choose exploration, technology and the moon.




FREE PRIZE DRAW! BW COMPETITION
3rd February 2016

Update: Prize draw winner is ANDY JAY - congratulations! Big thank you to everyone who entered the prize draw.

Here's your chance to own a personalised copy of an exclusive DAVID BOWIE Tribute Newspaper Book created by Historic-Newspapers.co.uk

Personalised David Bowie Life Book
- Incredible David Bowie Book.
- Exclusive to Historic Newspapers.
- Personalised with any name and message.
- Individually bound in a black leather cover with gold embossing.
- Created from newspaper articles with stunning pictorial sections.

An exclusive piece of David Bowie memorabilia, this Personalised David Bowie Life Book is crammed full (130 pages!) with insightful newspaper articles about his musical career, acting roles, marriages, battles with drug addiction and eclectic fashion sense. What's more, there are extensive pictorial sections showing Bowie during his early years, right through to later life.

This original David Bowie biography, which is exclusive to Historic Newspapers, offers a rare and unique insight into the life of Britain's most iconic music star. The best David Bowie book on the market, it'll make a truly special gift for any fan. Beautifully bound in a personalised leather cover, the book will make a magnificent keepsake and a thrilling read.

Your Personalised David Bowie Newspaper Book: This David Bowie book can be personalised with the recipient's Name and a Message which will appear on the opening page. The front cover is also gold embossed with the recipient's name.

David Bowie Life Book Information: Tabloid-sized book measuring 31 x 38cm. Individually bound in a hardback black leather cover with gold embossing. Features David Bowie newspaper articles and pictorial sections from The Daily Mirror from throughout David Bowie's history. Articles from 2007 onwards will be printed in colour. This personalised David Bowie newspaper book is an exclusive product to Historic Newspapers, part of the Signature Group.

This BW prize draw competition ends at midnight (GMT) on Thursday 11th FEBRUARY 2016.


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AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
2nd February 2016

Check out a DAVID BOWIE online auction with all proceeds being donated to Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support - [View items]...

The BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL are to pay tribute to DAVID BOWIE by showing Nicolas Roeg's 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' at Friedrichstadt-Palast on 12th February. "David Bowie was a tremendous musician, an avant-garde artist who expressed his creativity in many disciplines," festival director Dieter Kosslick said - [More details]...

LADY GAGA is to perform a special tribute to DAVID BOWIE at this year's GRAMMYS. The 58th GRAMMY awards show will be broadcast live on Monday 15th February on CBS. For this special experiential tribute NILE RODGERS is musical director and Lady Gaga will perform at least 3 or 4 songs - [More details]...

On sale in the UK from today is CLASSIC MAGAZINE Presents: BOWIE - A Celebration - a special 132-page tribute magazine. Covering his phenomenal career and features a series on Bowie's closest collaborators and mini-features on key albums, videos and film performances, plus a massive feature on Bowie's fashion. It incorporates new interviews with Tony Visconti, Ken Scott, Carmine Rojas, Paul Trynka and a beautifully written afterword from Bowie's longest serving musical collaborator, the amazing Carlos Alomar - [More details]...


RICK WAKEMAN CHARITY RELEASE
2nd February 2016

Life On Mars? by Rick Wakeman On the 12th January, RICK WAKEMAN joined Simon Mayo on Drive time BBC RADIO 2, to pay tribute to his friend DAVID BOWIE and perform a very special version of Life On Mars? as a tribute.

The public response was considerable, with over 3,000,000 views on the BBC web site and rising, the demand for this track is increasing daily. This all was totally unexpectedly. Then the public started to email both the BBC and Ricks own web site suggesting that Ricks version of 'Life On Mars?' be released to help raise awareness and funds for a cancer charity. Rick thought this was a wonderful idea and has agreed to donate all his artist royalties to the Macmillan Cancer Support.

Within hours of Rick announcing the release of the single on the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Drive Time radio show on the 18th January, the news was re-tweeted to over 50,000 Twitter accounts and continues to rise by the hour. The BBC continue to support this release by replaying the track on Radio 2 and it is expected they will continue to do so, especially when the single is available to purchase. Rick will also be promoting this release via his own social media. His Facebook has over 84,000 likes and there are over 20,000 active users, with over 50,000 page views per month on his web site and he currently has over 37,000 Twitter followers. As Rick says, I am extremely fortunate in being able to release my piano version of David Bowie's 'Life On Mars?' and 'Space Oddity', both of which I performed on the original releases, to help even more awareness and help raise some money to help Macmillan cancer support with the wonderful work they do.

The CD single is released on Friday 12th February and contains the tracks: 01. Life On Mars? / 02. Space Oddity / 03. Always Together.

You can pre-order the Life On Mars? CD single NOW.


"HELDEN": PERFORMED BY FLOYD'S BIRTHDAY BAND
2nd February 2016

DAVID BOWIE's inspiration will live on forever... watch these German children perform their beautiful rendition of the Bowie/Eno iconic song "Helden" at FLOYD'S 9th birthday party.

This video/song (what you see is what you hear - no lip-syncing) is absolutely beautiful.

Well done to each and every one of you. You are all amazing.

The musicians taking part are: Cansu: Vocals, Piano / Floyd: Keyboards / Henri: Trumpet, HiHat (closed) / Luna: Vocals, Guitars / Mehmet-Can: Keyboards / Melissa: Vocals, Snare, Cymbals, Guitars / Mia: Vocals, Violin / Neo: Keyboards, Pipedream-Chimes / Tunay: Filter, Bass Drum, Toms, HiHat (open), Cymbals.




IN MEMORY OF DAVID BOWIE
2nd February 2016

In Memory Of David Bowie CD All set for release later this month on 19th February is IN MEMORY OF DAVID BOWIE limited collectors' edition CD.

The recording contains rare FM broadcast songs from the 70s and 80s plus interviews and the tracklisting runs as follows:

       01. Station To Station.
       02. Suffragette City.
       03. Fame.
       04. Word On A Wing.
       05. Stay.
       06. Waiting For The Man.
       07. FM Interview.
       08. Life On Mars? / Five Years.
       09. Panic In Detroit.
       10. Rare Bowie Interview.
       11. Changes.
       12. Queen Bitch.
       13. Diamond Dogs.
       14. Rebel Rebel.
       15. In memory / David Bowie Interview.

You can pre-order In Memory Of David Bowie CD NOW.


UPCOMING UK GIGS
1st February 2016

EARL SLICK and BERNARD FOWLER are to perform DAVID BOWIE's Station To Station album in the UK in April.

Line-up: Earl Slick, guitar / Bernard Fowler, vocals / Terry Edwards (Musical Director), sax, keyboards, percussion / Chris Constantinou, bass / Luis Correia, guitar / Florence Sabeva, piano / Lisa Ronson, BVs and percussion / Lee John, drums.

Plus LISA RONSON and LOVER supporting at the following venues:

APRIL
24th: Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St Benedicts St, Norwich.
26th: The ABC Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.
28th: O2 Academy Liverpool
29th: O2 Academy Islington, London.
30th: Colchester Arts Centre, Church St, Colchester, Essex.

MAY
5th: SPOOKY GHOST (Gerry Leonard) gig at The Water Rats, King's Cross, London.

Check out the new 2016 BW MONTHLY PLANNERS to see what's happening and which announced releases are in the pipeline.


THE AGE OF BOWIE
1st February 2016

The Age of Bowie by Paul Morley Currently in the pipeline for release later this year is a "unique and personal biographical critique" entitled: THE AGE OF BOWIE written by PAUL MORLEY via publishers Simon and Schuster.

'The Age of Bowie - How David Bowie made a world of difference' is promised to "capture the greatest moments of Bowie's career; from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti; to iconic live performances from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, as well as the various encounters and artistic relationships he developed with rock luminaries John Lennon, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop", plus discuss in detail his "much-heralded and critically-acclaimed" ★ album.

Morley said: "On the day it was announced that David Bowie had died, before there was any time to think, I was asked a hundred times what I thought. What I really thought was that it would take a book to help fully process what Bowie meant to me, to music and popular culture, and to the world out there that changed because of him. Then I thought, I need to write that book."

Iain MacGregor, publishing director Simon and Schuster, acquired the world rights (all languages) from David Godwin Associates. S&S will publish the book globally later this year with Gallery Books releasing it in the US simultaneously.

Update: Scheduled for publication on 14th July, this 304-page hardcover book The Age of Bowie is available to pre-order NOW.


STILL NO. 1 IN UK OFFICIAL ALBUM CHART
1st February 2016

David Bowie Blackstar DAVID BOWIE's ★ album remains in the NUMBER ONE position in the Official UK Album Chart for the THIRD week running.

It has been announced by UK Official Charts that David Bowie has matched ELIVS PRESLEY's Official Albums Chart record.

★ spends a third week at Number 1, and heads up five Bowie releases make the Top 10 simultaneously: Best of Bowie (#3), Nothing Has Changed (#5), Hunky Dory (#9) and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars (#10). This feat means Bowie is the first act to score five albums in the Top 10 since Michael Jackson managed six in 2009 after his passing.

But that's not all. The Bowie influence continues farther down the Official Albums Chart, with the rock legend landing seven more Top 40 entries, bringing his total to 12. This brings Bowie level with Elvis Presley's chart record for simultaneous Top 40 entries.

The Official Top 100 UK Albums today (29th) are:

#1 ★
#3 Best Of Bowie
#5 Nothing Has Changed
#9 Hunky Dory
#10 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars
#20 Aladdin Sane
#27 Low
#28 "Heroes"
#30 Diamond Dogs
#31 The Next Day
#32 Station To Station
#36 Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
#42 Let's Dance
#43 Young Americans
#52 The Man Who Sold The World
#63 Pinups
#66 Lodger
#79 Space Oddity

In the UK Official Soundtracks Albums Chart Top 50, #4 The Buddha Of Suburbia - OST / #18 Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars - OST.

In the UK Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40, #1 Blackstar / #5 Nothing Has Changed / #16 The Next Day.

As and when other countries announce their latest album charts, this Blackstar album chart page is being continually updated.


NEW STD. EDITION! THE RISE OF DAVID BOWIE, 1972-1973
1st February 2016

The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock Well I've certainly been waiting for this!...

To be published on 10th April is THE RISE OF DAVID BOWIE, 1972-1973 by MICK ROCK as a 'Standard Taschen Edition'.

You've all seen the deluxe and collectors' editions of this amazing book, and probably like me salivated over it, whilst counting up your pennies.

The good news is this standard edition is CURRENTLY priced at only £32.49 GBP

Hardcover: 310 pages / Published by Taschen GmbH / Standard Edition / Language: English.



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Synopsis: Rebel. Rebel - The eye of the Bowie storm

In 1972, David Bowie released his groundbreaking album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. With it landed Bowie's Stardust alter-ego: A glitter-clad, mascara-eyed, sexually-ambiguous persona who kicked down the boundaries between male and female, straight and gay, fact and fiction into one shifting and sparkling phenomenon of 70s self-expression. Together, Ziggy the album and Ziggy the stage spectacular propelled the softly spoken Londoner into one of the world s biggest stars.

A key passenger on this glam trip into the stratosphere was fellow Londoner and photographer Mick Rock. Rock bonded with Bowie artistically and personally, immersed himself in the singer s inner circle, and, between 1972 1973, worked as Bowie's official photographer. This book brings together the best of Rock's Bowie portfolio with spectacular stage shots as well as intimate backstage portraits.

With a lenticular cover of different head-shots, the book stands to celebrate Bowie's fearless experimentation and reinvention. Inside, pictures for press, album jackets, and stills from promo movies sit alongside around 50 percent previously unpublished images, offering privileged access to the many facets of the Bowie's personality and fame. Through the aloof and approachable, the playful and serious, the candid and the contrived, this is a passionate tribute to an oustanding artist, unique creative vision, and eternal inspiration.

Photographs by Mick Rock, authors Barney Hoskyns and Michael Bracewell, editor Reuel Golden.

This STANDARD edition of The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock is available to order NOW!

Pre-order now and SAVE 35%! - £32.99 (RRP: £49.99) - you save a massive £17.50 (35%).


THE DB 2016 UK CONVENTION
1st February 2016

The David Bowie 2016 UK Convention


The annual David Bowie UK Convention is a celebration of the music and the genius that is David Bowie. Nine amazing acts, raffle, merchandise and lots of fun, come along and join the Bowie love...

The two-day convention takes place at The Queens Hall, 125 London Road, DERBY, England, DE1 2QQ on Friday 13th May (6pm-2pm) and Saturday 14th May (12pm-2am).

Programme of events:

Friday 13th May - 18.00 till 2.00 am
Stipe
Rebel Rebel
Bowie-oke
Heroes - indie:Alt anthems

Saturday 14th May - 12 noon till 2.00am
Bowie Contingent
Phil Backhouse
Faerground Accidents
Birthrite
Luxury Stranger
Spizz Energi
Aladdinsane
Heroes - indie:Alt anthems

Tickets are on sale NOW. Friday only £12... Saturday only £28... BOTH days Weekender £35.

Contact Jimster Draper for purchasing tickets via Facebook or email him at or 07856969873.

Visit the DB 2016 UK Convention FB page for continued updates.


BOWIE - PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE SCHAPIRO
1st February 2016

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro The eagerly anticipated new hardbook book BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro now has publication date of Thursday 19th May.

At the apex of David Bowie's spectacular rise to fame and glory, photographer Steve Schapiro seized a rare invitation from Bowie's manager for a private photo session with the pop star in LA in 1974...

Bowie - Photographs by Steve Schapiro Synopsis: David Bowie, by 1974, was a man of many faces and as many albums, had already lived the life of Ziggy Stardust and launched Aladdin Sane, with albums Pinups and Diamond Dogs soon to come. A musical force to be reckoned with, Bowie was also widely regarded as a fashion icon, pushing the envelope of sexuality and style and having created an internationally renowned persona.

The mostly never-before-published images in Schapiro's rare collection represent Bowie at his most creative and inspired self and present a glimpse into the intimacy that Schapiro and Bowie shared during their time together. As Schapiro tells it: 'From the moment Bowie arrived, we seemed to hit it off. Incredibly intelligent, calm, and filled with ideas, he talked a lot about Alistair Crowley whose esoteric writings he was heavily into at the time. When David heard that I had photographed Buster Keaton, one of his greatest heroes, we instantly became friends.'

The first photo session started at four in the afternoon and went through the night till dawn. Bowie went through countless costume changes, each more incredible than the last and each seemed to turn him into a totally different person. Bowie relentlessly created these unique characters, each seemingly alive in their own charismatic space for Schapiro to create visual images to complement their very existence and turn them into iconic images for all time.

Bowie and Schapiro kidded and laughed about shooting a series of close-up portraits on a putrid green background because they felt it was the worst possible background colour for a magazine, and so they did on this lark - with the image eventually becoming a People magazine cover.

The last image they made was at four in the morning to wrap up the marathon session when they went outside to shoot Bowie on his motorcycle - the sun hadn't yet risen and the shot was lit dramatically by only the headlights of a car. This image remains one of Schapiro's favourites and is certain to live on in posterity.

This hardcover book contains 76-pages and is published by Powerhouse Books.

You can order BOWIE - Photographs by Steve Schapiro NOW and receive a pre-order price guarantee.






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